Temperature numerical analysis for a support structure of jacket-type offshore wind turbine

Wen Xu Ye, Lin Ren Zhou, Guo Kai Yuan, Yong Xia

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Temperature has significantly negative effect on structural performance, this situation is sure to be even worse for support structure of offshore wind turbine (OWT) in harsh ocean environment. In this study, the daily temperature effects on a support structure of jacket-type OWT are investigated using numerical simulation. The basic theory and method of thermal analysis for structure are briefly introduced. The finite element (FE) models for thermal analysis of the support structure of an OWT are constructed. Then, the time-dependent thermal boundary conditions are determined using the meteorological parameters of a typical sunny day. Accordingly, the thermal boundary conditions are applied on the FE model. Subsequently, the transient heat-transfer analysis is performed for structural temperature calculation. At last, the time-dependent structural temperature variation and distribution of the support structure are discussed. The results show that the temperature effects are considerable and have obvious daily-cycle property. The solar radiation and air temperature are the major influential factors on the structural temperature behavior of the steel tube tower. The temperature effects should be seriously considered in the design and maintenance of the support structure of OWT.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems XV
EditorsPaul Fromme, Zhongqing Su
ISBN (Electronic)9781510640153
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
EventHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems XV 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 22 Mar 202126 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceHealth Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems XV 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Numerical analysis
  • Offshore wind turbine
  • Support structure
  • Temperature behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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